Climate Bonds Initiative announces Japanese version of 'Financing Credible Transitions' paper

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Climate Bonds Initiative announces Japanese version of 'Financing Credible Transitions' paper 

Ambitious and credible transition guidelines now available to Japanese investors, issuers, and bankers. 


Tokyo, 16/02/2023, 08:00 AM: Climate Bonds Initiative, with the support of Tara Foundation, launched its “Financing Credible Transition”  framework in Japanese. First issued in 2020, it recommends a framework for defining ambitious and credible transition strategies for companies to determine their pathways to reduce global emissions and deliver the goals of the Paris Agreement. The framework is applicable for both whole entities as well as their activities and goes beyond the “use of proceeds” model common in the green bond market.   


The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) published the Basic Guidelines on Climate Transition Finance in 2021, aiming to guide corporate and financial institutions with their investments toward decarbonisation. Japan was one of the first governments to provide guidance, which signaled to the market the relevance of this instrument to a decarbonisation pathway. In 2022, the country had the most issuances of transition bonds. 


The Climate Bonds framework unifies the definition of ‘transition’ in the market, providing clarity to concerns around greenwashing. The aim is to support the rapid growth of a transition bond market as part of a larger and liquid climate-related market and deliver confidence for investors, clarity for bankers and credibility for issuers.  


The publication established five principles for an ambitious transition. All goals and pathways need to:  


1) Align with zero carbon by 2050 and nearly halving emissions by 2030;  

2) Be led by scientific experts and not be entity – or country-specific; 

3) Be sure that credible transition goals and pathways don’t count offsets;  

4) Include an assessment of current and expected technologies which can be used to determine a decarbonisation pathway; 

5) Be backed by operating metrics rather than a commitment or pledge.   


Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative 

This is the year we need to plan rapid transition if we have any chance of meeting our targets! Japan is well on the way. We expect the Japanese sustainable finance market to continue to grow in support of its ambitious target.” 


The ‘Financing Credible Transitions’ paper in Japanese is available here 


Climate Bonds has a number of sector Criteria available for Certification, and the Basic Chemicals, Hydrogen and Steel criteria have been translated into the Japanese language. 


Furthering the commitment to support Japan's financial market, Climate Bonds recently joined forces with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) through a Memorandum of Understanding. 





Luiza Mello   

Communications Officer for Asia Pacific 

Climate Bonds Initiative   

+55 (61) 98209 8126   


Gabriel Carhart 

Communications Officer 

Climate Bonds Initiative   

+44 7546 645591 


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